LONDON: Harry Redknapp has headed out of Tottenham Hotspur after extended talks with chairman Daniel Levy ended with no agreement over the manager’s future. His contract had one year to run.
Everton’s David Moyes and Wigan’s Roberto Martinez have both been the subject of speculation as replacement for the former West Ham, Portsmouth and Southampton boss who lifted Spurs from bottom of the Premier League to the Champions League during his near-four years in charge.
However Spurs missed out on a return to the Champions League after dropping a 10-point lead over north London neighbours Arsenal this past spring. They had been well placed to finish third but ended up being edged down into the Europa League by a combination of circumstances.
Reports in London had suggested that Levy had been willing to offer Redknapp ‘only’ a rolling 12-month contract which was less than 64-year-old Redknapp expected for his last major contract. Any further negotiations now appear to be about the terms of Redknapp’s payoff, possibly £3m.
The season had been replete with one upset after another for Redknapp.
Last November he underwent a minor heart procedure to unblock two arteries then in February he had the stress – and wide and not always favourable publicity – of a court battle with the tax authorities.
Redknapp – who had led Tottenham to two top-four finishes and once into the quarter-finals of the Champions League – was cleared of any offence and then walked immediately into distracting speculation that he would be summoned by the Football Association to succeed Fabio Capello as manager of England.
That never materialised. Now, as Roy Hodgson takes England through Euro 2012 so Redknapp apparently finds himself, instead, without a job at all.
Redknapp had raised the issue of his contract in the context of talks with star players such as Luka Modric and Gareth Bale for whom the failure to qualify for the Champions League was a significant career setback.
He had said recently: “It’s up to Tottenham whether they want to extend that contract or not. If they don’t extend it and I go into my last year, it’s not an easy one when players know you’ve only got a year left.
“It’s not a case of me looking for security. What it’s about is players knowing you’ve only got one year left on your contract and knowing that it doesn’t work, basically. I think it’s a situation of, ‘well, he might not be here next year’.
“You don’t let players run into the last year of their contract if you think they’re any good, and you don’t let managers run into the last year of their contract if you think they’re any good. It’s up to Tottenham. If they think I’m OK and I’ve done a decent job and deserve an extension, they’ll give it to me.
“If Daniel doesn’t think I’m worth it, that’s up to him, that’s up to the club. There’s nothing I can do about it.”
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